Catherine Hardwicke off Twilight sequel

Did she jump or was she pushed?

Catherine Hardwicke will not be directing Twilight sequel New Moon.

Despite her recent comments on plans for the new film, Summit Entertainment has announced that it is not bringing Hardwicke back for the follow-up.

According to Variety’s story, the reason for the surprise move is one of timing – Summit wanted Moon ready to start shooting this November, but Hardwicke wanted more time to work on Melissa Rosenberg’s script.

Hardwicke also references the schedule in her comment on the news: “I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct New Moon. Directing Twilight has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film. I wish everyone at Summit the best with the sequel - it is a great story."

Truth?

But shortly before the official announcement, Hollywood’s rumour mill kicked into high gear with word from gossip maven Nikki Finke that Hardwicke was being replaced because Summit found her tough to deal with.

According to the traditional ”insider sources”, it was the film’s cinematographer and editor who “saved” the film.

The truth likely lies somewhere in between, but Summit is now on a hunt for a new helmer.

[Source: Variety]

Question: Who should direct New Moon? And should it be a female director?
 

Comments

    • captainchod

      Dec 8th 2008, 14:23

      Kathryn Bigelow would be a good choice given how good Near Dark was. This is obviously a different beast altogether, but I wouldn't exactly want Sofia Coppola having a go!

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    • AYBGerrardo

      Dec 8th 2008, 14:42

      Should it be a female director? Well, I think this whole affair has proven that you can't trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die. Obviously Hardwicke being a b***h jeopardised the whole project owing to the fact that she's a woman. Ban females from directing. (Joking, of course)

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    • prattja

      Dec 9th 2008, 0:40

      I know I am only almost 20, and just a college student, but I fell in LOVE with all of the Twilight books! I am howevwe going to school with a performing arts major among other studies. I feel like there were many things that were... missed in the first movie, little things from what Bella is wearing down to the way Edwar walks (always poised and gentleman-like). I have a personal attachement to the Twilight Saga and can invision everything in my head! I would LOVE to be able to just even have a little input on the New Moon movie! I know that if I said I would direct it would be biting off more than I could chew; however, I would be so honored if someone from the Twilight crew would maybe 1.) See this posting, and 2.) Juat maybe hear me out a little bit... I know this is a complete long shot and I probably sound like an idiot, but this is how passionate I feel about the saga! Thank you, Jodi Pratt

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    • chicks

      Dec 9th 2008, 12:40

      @ captainchod Good choice.

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